The Discretionary Grants program was established to fund small, time-limited projects and activities that are closely related to our mission, but fall outside our competitive grant program areas. Projects that align well with our Discretionary Grants program typically demonstrate one or more of the following key characteristics:
- Respond to an emerging issue, current need, or window of opportunity
- Plan for, pilot, or implement a new or creative approach to better serve groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health
- Support the work of smaller organizations that may have limited capacity to apply for other types of MeHAF funding
Please note that at this time MeHAF will not be funding projects focused on responding to the COVID-19 pandemic under the Discretionary Grants program.
Our Discretionary Grants program has a two-stage application process, beginning with a Letter of Inquiry (LOI) and, if invited, proceeding to an application. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis and are not subject to a specific deadline. This allows us and applicants to move quickly to respond to immediate needs and a dynamic and highly changeable environment.
If approved, applicants will then be asked to complete a simple, straightforward application. The program officer may contact applicants following review of the LOI to resolve questions and/or provide guidance regarding the application.
- All projects must focus on groups or populations that face disproportionate barriers to accessing health services and achieving the best possible health.
- The average award is typically around $5,000, but may go up to $10,000 for statewide activities that are highly aligned with our mission.
- Projects must have a clear start and end date and be completed within a 12-month period.
- Projects must have a start date that is no earlier than six weeks from the date of submission of the LOI.
- When funded projects are completed, discretionary grant recipients will be asked to submit a brief narrative and financial report and encouraged to schedule a debrief call with the program officer to share about the project and lessons learned.
Interested applicants who meet the eligibility requirements outlined below may access the form to submit a brief Letter of Inquiry (LOI) by clicking the “Manage Your Grant” button on the top right corner of this page.
The following characteristics describe eligible organizations:
- 501(c)(3); local, state, or tribal government entity; or educational institution
- In compliance with MeHAF’s nondiscrimination policy
- Have not already received a discretionary grant in the current calendar year
The following types of activities are not eligible for funding:
- General operating support or “gap” funding
- Direct care costs
- Public awareness campaigns focused on a specific disease or health condition
- Fundraising efforts
- Capital expenditures
- Academic or graduate research
- Grants or scholarships to individuals
- Projects responding to the COVID-19 pandemic
Ready to apply? Click the “Manage Your Grant” button in the upper right corner.